I have a few main questions about saving my own seed, and then what to do with it...
What I have in front of me is a coffee can containing dried flower heads of last year's Prunella Vulgaris, or self-heal plant.
I have stripped the dry buds from their stems, but these darn husks to not want to let go of the poppy-like seed.
I have heard mention of colanders and mesh strainers, but both of these escape me. Can I just plant with them and without? Will it rot the seed?
I have been pondering about using what I have now (a can of husks, innumerably still full, with a puddle of seeds at the bottom) into a seed paper/seed bomb type experiment.
I have made recycled paper once, as a childhood craft so I roughly understand that process. I have experience with neither seed paper nor bomb, however.
This year's garden is very strawbale based, with a perimeter built and covered as a glass door cold frame. These bales, once weathered and cold frame has become obsolete, will be planted with vegetables and a few choice companions.
Anyone have experience bombing bales?? This setup is also new to me, and the direct sow seeds have me intimidated.
Lauren Magnolia wrote:I have been pondering about using what I have now (a can of husks, innumerably still full, with a puddle of seeds at the bottom)
A puddle of seeds at the bottom of a can of husks? Sounds perfect to me.
These are plants that we are writing about... They have been growing for millions of years without human intervention. They are likely to grow whether you remove them from the husks, or if you leave them in the husks. Life grows. It's what it does.
i agree that it's fine to plant the seeds still in their husks and pods.
i think too, with fleshy fruity goopy things, the same applies...even with bits of the fruits and materials of the seeds pods the seed will sprout that way.
certain seeds are even usually sown with the chaff (chaff = bits of leaf, pod and stems, etc) but usually thats because they are so small and dusty that cleaning them is extremely difficult.
cleaning seeds takes a lot of time to do it really well, but you can get them close enough fairly quickly.
with screens and tea strainers and the like you can get out the chaff, different sized seeds and strainers and its a matter of pouring them through.
...and also a quick way is to put them in a bowl and blow on them. if you blow too much they will all fly away, unless they are very heavy, but most of the seeds that fly away when you do this are not viable. the best seeds will stay on the bottom of the bowl and the leaves and other stuff will fly away, along with the non viable lightweight seeds that may not be completely developed.
i like to do this in an area where i would be happy to get volunteers =) just in case any good seeds decide to fly away too...
btw i really like making seed paper, though i havent done it in a while. i would like to do it for making cards and envelopes....also to sell, i think you could sell a lot of giftcards made that way.
i have made some flax paper with flax seeds, that came out cool =) i only made a few though.
i would like to make some specialty paper where the seeds in the paper are also the same plants used in the paper...like lavender...that is one i have wanted to do for a while.
actually this is even been on my ever growing to do list for several years ! but you know - only so much time in a day.
the way you make seed paper, is the same way you make flower petal paper, you put the flowers or seed into the water with the pulp, at the end - right before you pull up the deckle/screen.
have your deckle (screen) in the vat, stir the pulp (and any coloring) really well to have it evenly distributed in the water in the vat, then throw the seeds/flower petals/ other embellishments in at very last moment, then immediately, pull the deckle up which will hold your sheet of paper.....with the flowers and seeds woven a little into the top of the paper.
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